Three West Indians sign with Loughborough
Barbados’ goal attack Nikita Piggott will have yet another fellow West Indian in the line-up when she takes to the centre-court to play professional netball in England for this year’s Super League, the top flight league in the United Kingdom.
Jamaica’s goal attack, Vanessa Walker, has signed with the Loughborough Lightning for the imminent season scheduled to begin on February 12. Piggott was signed to a contract by the club late last year.
The 22-year-old Walker last represented Mico University College in the Jamaica Netball Association Berger Paints Super League last season.
Walker will also be joining fellow countrywoman Afrika Morris who is on the Loughborough Lightning roster for the 2013 season as well.
Loughborough are looking to improve on their 2012 season after winning a solitary match out of the six games they played last season and finishing last of the eight teams.
Walker last represented the Sunshine Girls in a three-Test series against England in the United Kingdom last September. The Jamaicans lost the series 2-1. She was also a member of the Jamaica team which won the Americas Federation of Netball Associations Caribbean Championships in Trinidad and Tobago in July.
Walker, a past student of the Convent of Mercy Academy, has been playing the sport for the past 11 years. She was also a member of Jamaica’s Under-21 team which won the bronze medal at the World Youth Championships in the Cook Islands in 2009.
Piggott has about 50 caps for Barbados, which she has represented at Under-16 and Under-21 level. She has also done national duty at the Americas Federation of Netball Association Championships, two World Championships and one Commonwealth Games.
The 24-year-old Morris, who plays goal defence/goal-keep, holds a BA Hons in International Tourism Management from Leeds Metropolitan University and a Masters from Loughborough University. She has represented Jamaica in four netball championships and has played Super league in England for the past five years.††